Louisiana Supreme Court Opinions
Louisiana v. Hill
Opinion Date: October 20, 2020
Areas of Law: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law
In 2017, Louisiana filed a bill of information charging defendant, Tazin Ardell Hill, with altering an official identification card to conceal his designation as a registered sex offender. The issue this case presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court's review involved the constitutionality of the statutory requirement that persons convicted of sex offenses carry an identification card branded with the words “SEX OFFENDER.” Other states (and the federal government) have enacted similar collections of laws. However, the specific requirement to carry a branded identification card distinguished Louisiana from the rest of the country. The Court found this requirement constituted compelled speech and did not survive a First Amendment strict scrutiny analysis. Thus, the Court upheld the trial court’s ruling striking this specific requirement as unconstitutional and quashing the prosecution of defendant for altering his identification card to conceal the “SEX OFFENDER” designation.
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